On Wednesday, April 11, Underwood Conservation District is celebrating Washington State Arbor Day by giving away native tree seedlings. This year's tree celebration will start at 9 a.m. and go until supplies run out, probably in the early afternoon.
Residents of Underwood Conservation District -- which covers western Klickitat County and all of Skamania County -- can stop by the UCD office in White Salmon (170 NW Lincoln St. in the Park Center building) or the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce (167 NW 2nd Ave.) in downtown Stevenson to receive up to 10 free seedlings. This is a first-come, first-served opportunity, while supplies last.
This year, conifer tree species available include Douglas-fir, grand fir, ponderosa pine, noble fir and western white pine. Deciduous trees and shrubs will also be available, including Oregon ash, Oregon white oak, red-osier dogwood, oceanspray, blue elderberry, mock-orange and Douglas spirea.
Have questions about planting trees or other natural resource issues? Experienced staff members can provide tree-planting and maintenance instructions to insure that your native tree seedling will grow up to become a tree that future generations will appreciate.
The value of trees in our area is unquantifiable. Trees help regulate climate and sequester carbon. They supply habitat for countless plants, animals, fungi and more. Trees protect soil and prevent erosion and storm-water problems. Trees provide materials for building homes, printing newspapers and thousands of other products. Trees are celebrated worldwide for the countless services they provide.
If you would like to share in celebrating Arbor Day, visit Underwood Conservation District (UCD) in White Salmon or Stevenson on April 11. The tree giveaway will also include a UCD open house during which members of the general public can learn about UCD services and programs as well as provide input on natural resource issues.
For more information, contact the UCD office at 509-493-1936 or visit its Web site at w3.gorge.net/ucd/.